The issue of war and its legitimacy is a perennial issue, though more heatedly debated at some times rather than others. There has been an ongoing discussion about war during the past forty years within which I have written a number of essays, listed in the bibliography below.

However, it might be useful to include several shorter columns here:

1) "On War"
From Midwest Chesterton News, 3 (May, 1991).

2) "Religion and War Reconsidered"
From The Monitor, San Francisco, November 11, 1982.

3) "UN Disarmament Message"
From The Monitor, San Francisco, August 5, 1982.

4) "The French Bishops on War and Peace"
From The Monitor, San Francisco, January 12, 1984.

5) "Christians and War: Playing God"
(22 KB; Word DOC) From The Hillsdale Review, V (Fall, 1985).

Bibliography on the topic of war

1) "Risk, Dissuasion, and Political Prudence," in Out of Justice Peace;
2) "On War and the Worst Regime in Political Theory," The Politics of Heaven and Hell;
3) "On War and Poverty," in Religion, Wealth, and Poverty;
4) "The Intellectual Origin of the Peace Movement," in Justice and War in the Nuclear Age, Edited by Philip Lawler (Washington: University Press of America, 1983), 37-59;
5) "Religion and War," The Commonweal, LXXXV (November 16, 1967) 193-94;
6) "'Wars Will Cease When...," Worldview, 10 (May, 1967), 9-11;
7) "War and the Balance of Power," Vital Speeches, XXXVI (January 15, 1970), 211-17;
8) "Ecclesiastical Wars over Peace," National Review, XXXIV (June 25, 1982), 757-62;
9) "Religion and National Security," International Security Review, VII (Summer, 1982), 135-54;
10) "In Defense of Right and Civilization: Papal Thought on War," Homiletic and Pastoral Review, LXXCXII (August, 1982), 10-22;
11) "Peace, War, Poverty: Some Myths People Swear By," Hillsdale Review, IV (Fall, 1982), 3-8;
12) "The Political Consequences," Washington Quarterly, 5 (Fall, 1982), 127-32;
13) "Political Theory, War, and Religion," Catholicism-in-Crisis, 1 (January, 1983), 19-23;
14) "Freeze or Freedom: On the Limits of Morality and the Morality of Limits," Vital Speeches, LXIX (May 1, 1983), 429-32;
15) "Military and Civil Responsibility for a Just Peace," Vital Speeches, L (November 15, 1983), 70-74;
16) "Irish Comments on Nuclear War," Catholicism-in-Crisis, 2 (February, 1984), 7-9;
17) "War and Poverty," Catholicism-in-Crisis, 2 (May, 1984), 33-35;
18) "Religion and War: An Interim Assessment," Homiletic and Pastoral Review, LXXXV (May, 1985), 51-59;
19) "Christians and War: Playing God -- A Comment on Strauss," Hillsdale Review, VII (Fall, 1985), 29-34.